Fused Glass Panel – Change of Command Gift

Completed panelThis panel is a fused glass rendition of the regimental patch for the 27th Infantry nicknamed the “wolfhounds” (their mascot is an actual Russian wolfhound that lives on base named Kolchak). The panel was created by cutting each piece of glass to fit and then fusing them together under a clear cap.  The lettering was the big challenge.  The border is done using traditional stained glass methods.  The panel was a gift for the departing commander’s wife as part of the Change of Command ceremony.

 

 

 

Fused Glass Name Panel – celebrate someone special with this unique gift

Ms. MArci's Garden w back lightMs. Marci’s Class is a 15 inch x 15 inch fused glass panel ready to be suspended in front of a window or wall.  The panel was commissioned to celebrate a gifted teacher who brought out the best in each of her students.  In Hawaii, children are often refered to as flowers growing in a well tended garden.  Teachers are the gardeners who create a fertile environmet that promotes the  growth of each flower.  This was the inpration for the garden design.

Ms. Marci's Garden

The panel was created by first cutting the letters, rainbow and clear background glass to create an inlaid design that would create well defined features when fused under a layer of clear glass.  Each piece is hand cut from a variety of colors of transparent glass.  The garden elements were also hand cut, but from opaque glass, and then fused seperatley.  These pieces were then arranged onto the primary panel and tack fused.

garden elements

 

Once the panel was completed, I drilled a hole into each of the top corners and used a rectangular slip ring as the hanging hardware.  By putting a piece of clear tubing in the hole, there were no issues with the metal against the glass.  The client was very pleased and Ms. Marci was very well celebrated.

 

 

 

Fused Glass Light Panels- Outdoor Hanging Light Inspired by Greene and Greene

IMG_4189 This project was composed of 28 fused glass panels that combined areas of raked glass with areas of single color glass.  The raked glass was created by arranging the glass on a substrata of iridescent glass.  I then heated the glass to 1700 degress in my kiln and raked across the surface producing wonderfully organic shapes with colors swimming into each other.IMG_4185

 

Once the panels were completed, they were installed in a light box built in the style of the Arts and Crafts style chandeliers by Greene and Greene.  The design is continuous and wraps around and under the light fixtures.  The light box is suspended using sturdy leather straps from the cieling of the lanai.

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The colors and kiln carved leaf shapes draw from the croton plants that are featured in the landscaping.  These hanging lights create a vibrantly colorful invitation to the front entry way of this island home.

 

 

 

Art Glass for Interior Design: fused glass cocktail table tops, cabinet inserts, dining coffer, wall sconces and wall light inserts

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.This project was for the interior of a yacht.  The client wanted a color palette that would bring the ocean inside.  To create the design, I used organic shapes that flow into and wrap around each other the way water currents might.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

By combining areas of raked glass with areas of single hue glass, the movment is fluid without being overwehlming. The design for the dining coffer wraps around the eight panels beginning as it ends.  03.1 Salon 7 - Art Glass Cocktail Table (Detail)_2 The palette used for the art glass set the tone for the rest of the furnishings.

 

 

The design for the two cocktail tabletops as well as for the three cabinet inserts is oreinted on the diagonal.  This establishes a visual dynamic between the two table tops.  The addition of dichroic glass adds a bit of sparkle.  The tables can be lit with LED lights installed within the table base.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

Wall sconces were added throughout the yacht.  Ribbons of color are paired with areas of white raked glass which adds subtle movment to the mostly white sconces.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

 

 

Panels which echo the wall sconses were installed in the pilot house to add some ambient light.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

 

 

 

This was an amazing project and I feel very honored to have been included.  The clients were very pleased with the results which was truly a team effort.  Working with the folks who constructed the interior of the yeacht, the interior designer and the company that put it all toghether was a tremendous learning experience which I treasure.

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Sculpture – Stand Alone Art with an Asian Flair

Asian Totem

Asian Totem

I know glass artists have been firing design side down with great success but I guess when you’re self-taught, the learning curve is a bit slower, a bit gentler. It’s easy to get comfortable with what you know.  I have been merrily layering my design on the base glass and fusing them together- generally without incident and achieving the look I wanted.

One day, I proposed a design for a client that had crisp, clean lines- a highly grahic sensibility.  I was branching out from my customary look of soft, organic lines.  So I carefully cut the glass and layered the pieces on a clear blank as I had done before.

first attempt

first attempt

For me, opening the kiln is like opening a door into a room you’ve not been into before. Ususally it’s inviting, interesting. Sometimes it’s an opportunity for problem solving. Rarely is it dissappointing.

But this time, I could see the error of my ways immediately.  Despite careful cutting and positioning, the flow of the glass had had its way with my design.  The edges between the colors were anything but crisp.  This dog had to learn a new trick in order to achieve the graphic look the design demanded.

Being on an island has many wonderful advantages but easy access to classes at Bullseye Glass is not one of them.  Luckily for me, the folks at Bullseye have made the Pacific ocean just one more puddle on a rainy day when it comes to getting technical information and creative ideas out there.  I remembered seeing something about layering the glass in reverse order but had never tried it.

clean lines and texture

clean lines and texture

I quickly accessed Bullseye tip sheet #7 -Plate Making Tips.  It explained that in order to get the sharpest lines and cleanest seams one should fire with the design side down.  The top layer will hold the design layer closely together as the fusing progresses.  So, I recut the glass and carefully laid it out in this manner.  The glass behaved exactly as predicted flowing into any minor open spaces creating the crips lines that were essential to this design.

I tack fused the calligraphy, glass nuggets and glass stringeres onto the surface of the glass to create the textural element.  When the final firing was complete, the piece looked as I had invisioned.

Asian totem at home

Asian totem at home

Once the glass was finished, I built the frame and base to complete the sculpture.  The client was pleased with the final look and it fits in quite well with the room’s Asian vibe- white with splashes of black and red.

For me, the take away was remembering that trying new techniques will add depth to my design repetoire.  The same old trick will not always get you where you want to go.

 

 

 

 

Stained Glass and Fused Glass Skylight With Wine Theme- Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Brother Sun, Sister MoonThis project was an opportunity to combine several of my favorite elements into a one integrated design:  the relationship of the sun and moon; the beautiful colors and chill of fall; the alchemy of wine.  The skylight was commissioned to celebrate the birthday of the client’s husband.  She wanted a design that would incorporate some of the vibe from the movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon as a nod to their two children and would also incorporate a love for wine as her husband is a Master Sommelier.

Moon rake close-upBecause the panel will be viewed as a skylight and the dimensions are almost square, I decided to anchor the design on the diagonal.  It has a medieval almanac feel to it as the rays of the sun grow wider as the seasons move toward  summer.  Within the raked blue glass of the moon,  I kiln carved a flame and a soaring bird, calling to mind the light of Saint Claire and Saint Francis’ love for nature.

 

summer rake close-up“De cep en verre” (from the vine stalk to the glass) is a phrase I came across  while at a wine festival in Nolay, France.  This project offered the chance to explore the cycle of the vine in design.  The vine and leaves pass from spring to summer and on to fall ending with two glasses of wine in winter.  The leaves were created by raking glass with the hues to express the seasons.

 

ready to solder close-up fallI kept the leaves as circles to reinforce the cyclical nature of the seasons, the sun and moon, and the process of making wine. The outline of grape leaves are kiln carved into the back of the leaf circles.  The grape clusters were also created using raked blue, violet, plum and lavender glass with iridescent glass nuggets tack fused on the surface for depth.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (detail)Once all of the glass was cut, fused and wrapped in copper foil, I soldered the  panel, framed it and secured it with re-bar going both horizontally and vertically.  The panel will be suspended over people’s heads so it needed to be very stable.  It was crated and shipped to the client’s home where it arrived safely ready for installation.  She and her husband are both very pleased with the new addition to their home. Santé!

Michelle Caron

Cymru Am Byth – Wales Forever

Cymru Am Byth

Cymru Am Byth

close-up of the Welsh dragon panel

When I was asked to do this piece, my first thought was “too bad his wife isn’t from France.”  I am very familiar with the Welsh flag and I knew it would be a mighty challenge to do the Welsh dragon justice.  But the client’s wife is from Wales and how could I say no to such an opportunity.  I was hopeful that my idea to do the dragon with a mosaic-like approach would achieve the look I wanted.

I assembled the individual pieces of red glass in a somewhat irregular yet recognizable copy of the Welsh dragon using several red hues. I then added the background colors all on a clear piece of base glass. By damming the glass before firing, the glass pieces flowed into each other creating a fairly tight color array. I painted the detail onto the dragon using black glass enamel and fired the piece a second time.

Cymru panel with back light

I designed the border after symbols used for love spoons. In Wales, love spoons were carved by the groom and given to the bride on their wedding day. I chose the interlocking hearts, a version of the eternal knot, as it seemed a fitting expression of the client’s love for his wife. The red and green hearts with the connecting bands extend the colors of the Welsh flag.

 

I wanted this project to express the energy and pride of the Welsh flag and I feel that the combination of various reds and the slightly irregular shapes combined with the precision of the black outline accomplished this goal. Being of Welsh descent myself, it was an honor to do this project. Cymru am byth!

Michelle Caron